Venezuela News: The Best Way Forward

Due to a prolonged drought brought about by the climatic condition mostly referred by My Space to as El Nino, the Power Minister of Venezuela had to put in place measures to prevent the falling of water levels of the main dam, Guri. One of the measures enforced was power rationing which was to be in place for four hours in a day. Yesterday on the 19th May 2016, the Minister, while attending an official event in the state of Anzoátegui, he relayed good news concerning the same to the citizens. He echoed the remarks of the of President Nicolas Maduro that come next Monday posted on facebook, the rationing would be reduced to three hours a day and such power cuts were not in place between 10:00 pm at night and 7:00 am in the morning.
In other news, the need to promote and safeguard the people as well as the institutions of Venezuela has been affirmed by Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal of Justice. In its judgment on a decree on economic emergency which was signed by the country’s president, reports that the court was of the opinion that indeed the it (decree) was purely based constitutional rules and principles as well as the international treaties on human rights. According to law expert Diaz Granados, the National Assembly had trampled upon Article 27 of the Organic Law governing States of Emergency and therefore its decision was the most favorable and consistent with the country’s constitution.


Beneful Really Does Benefit your Pets

As a member of a facebook dog owners group, I understand the need to keep my four-legged family members happy and healthy. My dog, Maximus, has been with my little family since he was eight weeks old, so we have been fortunate enough to be there through the important stages of his life.
Maximus, or as our son calls him, Maxi, has had a large sensitivity to foods since he was a puppy. I’ve tried every food available on Amazon, but his system seemed to get weaker and weaker as time went on. That’s when our veterinarian recommended Beneful Healthy Puppy. Maxi loved it immediately. With its real meat and all natural vitamins, he began to regain his energy and strength. The best thing is that it lasts from one month all the way up to eight months with proven benefits to your puppy’s growth and wellness!

As Maxi got a little older, we moved him up to the Beneful Originals with Real Salmon. A growing boy needs something that will keep him strong and energized. Seeing as how this is packed with omega-rich nutrition, it does its job well. Not only is it packed with real meats and vitamins, but it also sneaks in those unbelievably healthy vegetables that bring out the shine in dogs’ coats.

Now, as a travelling mom, I have to be sure that my Maxi gets he best treatment while I’m gone. That’s why we treat him with Purinastore‘s Beneful Wet Food Chopped Blends. With real beef, carrots, peas, and barley, his coat shines beautifully, and each feeding, he gets energy that lasts for hours with a softer meal for his delicate teeth.

The last current (but definitely not the last ever) product we are using for our four-legged baby are the Healthy Smile Dental Ridges for small dogs. Maxi is a little pug with a big heart, and for a while there, an even bigger stinky breath problem. With the dental ridges, his plaque is knocked off, his breath is fresh, and his mouth is the healthiest it’s ever been! Visit for additional info.

How Visual Search Engines Are Transforming the Way we Search the Web

Visual search engines represent the future of mobile technology. For many consumers who are already using mobile apps that allow them to shop for clothing and other consumer goods simply by snapping a photo of the object with their smart phone, the future of search engine technology is already here.

But for the rest of us, visual search engine technology developed by companies  like Slyce is well on the way to transforming the way we all use the Internet.  In a recent article posted on TechCrunch, Ken Weiner, CTO of GumGum, explored many of the ways that visual search engines are transforming Internet commerce in general as well as the specific ways that consumers are using the Internet.

The main shift in online marketing has been in the area of AI or artificial intelligence. Visual search engines are only possible in-so-far as our devices are now able to learn to recognize specific images. This learning can only be facilitated through the use of free open data libraries.  While major search engines like Google and social media outlets like Facebook have the resources to develop their own technologies in this area, many smaller companies simply do not have the resources to develop visual search technologies of their own. In these cases, hosted  visual search technology is a viable solution, facilitated by companies like Slyce who offer custom services geared to power all of the visual search solutions your company needs and you can learn more about Slyce – Visual Search, Image & Product Recognition

Concept Based Image Retrieval vs. Content-Based Image Retrieval   Instead of performing text based searches in which there are possibly thousands of results that simply do not match the search criteria, visual search technology is allowing consumers to search the Internet based solely on image retrieval systems. The initial forays into visual search technology featured concept-based image retrieval systems.

These image recognition systems were based primarily on what is known as ‘meta-data,’ or descriptive data encoded into image files so that search engines could recognize them.   The newest and most efficient visual search technologies are based on content-based retrieval systems.

Content-based image retrieval or CBIR systems represent a major step forward in the way that visual search technologies work. CBIR systems do not rely on ‘meta-data’ to retrieve information about an image. Rather, they analyze actual visual information, including pixels, colors, shapes and other visual content, to find the information that you are looking for.

Visual search technology developers like Slyce are now able to create a wide array of applications that use CBIR systems in revolutionary ways. Slyce is currently offering visual search products that handle 1, 2 and 3 dimensional images equally well, which means you can scan bar codes, pictures and actual 3-dimensional objects.

Techcrunch says that with Slyce’s visual search technologies it doesn’t matter what kind of information you have, whether it is an object, a print ad, a billboard or a a UPC label, you can find all of the information that you need. No matter if you are retailer or a customer, Slyce has visual search solutions that will suit your needs.

Angelina Jolie Stuns Crowds with a Softer Side

The fashion industry can only keep its edge and glamor by changing each day. Fashionistas understand this rule, and adjust accordingly whether it be for the industry or their own personal interests. Regardless of the reason to demonstrate change, some celebrities just look fabulous in whatever it is they are wearing. Popsugar had some breaking news pertaining to Angelina Jolie’s new, soft, and feminine look.

The public often affiliates Jolie with having an edgy style. Often adding a smidge of class to and otherwise casual outfit, the star will add a suit jacket. Rarely wearing a lot of jewelry, and often rocking semi-masculine attire, the actress stuns crowds with her fashion statements. As she was spotted heading to dinner in London, however, she was seen wearing an outfit offering contrasting gray hues. Wearing a classy wool dress, peep-toe heels, a statement-making cashmere shawl, a monogrammed satchel, and diamond jewelry, she certainly looked elegant. Why the change, though? Could Jolie be turning over a new leaf? Did the restaurant have a dress code? Regardless, the public greatly enjoyed viewing Angelina in this new light.

As previously mentioned, the fashion industry is subject to common change. Some things, such as diamonds, are timeless, but others are out as quickly as they came to the market. Regularly updating your wardrobe is key in order to maintain a current, trendy status. Luckily, some fashion retailers and etailers have the public covered.

 JustFab is an online fashion boutique delivering fashionable and current outfits to women of all sizes. Equipped with the newest shoes, accessories, and outfits for each season, JustFab, the fashion retailer tops the charts at being the most convenient, reliable source for fashion insight. With specialized software allowing users to take a quiz, a personalized shopping experience is created by the retailer for every consumer. JustFab’s expert stylists fill a shopper’s online boutique with head-to-toe pieces that are just right for them and their style needs.

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QNET: Positivity Is Possibility

These days, sadly, the world is filled with negative thoughts, negative energy, and too many negative people. All you have to do is read the comments section of any article or go on a message board, and you will see people leaving negative feedback on the even the most positive articles. It can be very depressing and sad when there is so much negativity in the world. Instead of lifting each other up, we are tearing each other down. We could all use a little kindness and it truly does go a long way. You can brighten someone’s day or put a smile on their face.

Just imagine how much better your day would be if you filled it with positive thoughts instead of negative ones. We all have bad days and we all have things happen to us that we would prefer didn’t happen. We wake up on the wrong side of the bed or everything turns out poorly for us. Because we are human beings, we make mistakes, screw up, and are going to have bad days. No one is immune to them. The folks at QNET are looking for ways to turn those bad days into good days. Instead of getting down in the dumps, you ask yourself, “What can I do to make this better?”

With the RYTHM Foundation initiative, they are starting the the Positive Thoughts Project, which is aided by HomePure. On the Facebook link, you simply leave a positive thought or comment that comes to mind. It’s that simple! If there are 500 comments in the first two weeks, which I’m sure there will be, QNET will donate a special HomePure RED to Taarana, which is a school for students with special needs. Not only that, if there are an additional 500 comments during the second phase, they will donate HomePure RED to Rashid Centre, which is a center for the disabled in the UAE.

You can submit up to 3 posts, so the sooner you comment, the better! This is showing that we don’t need to live in a negative society and positivity truly is possibility. It can change the world for the better and help out those in need. That’s what QNET is all about and why they are a company that people are proud to be associated with, as they stand for what is right and good in this world.

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Top Venezuelan Brewery Has To Shut Production Down

Those who love posting instagram pics of a good brew in Venezuela are going to want to stock up now, because Cerveceria Polar, the largest brewery in the country announced that it will halt its beer production. The company stated that it did not have a choice because they are short on inventory and their necessary ingredients will not arrive until April 29th. However, this is there last scheduled delivery at this moment.
Polar produces most of the beer that is consumed in Venezuela, but in order to continue it needs some vital ingredients that would have to be imported into the country such as barley and hops. Both of these crops cannot be grown in the climate of Venezuela, however, the government has not authorized the brewery to pay foreign suppliers.

An anonymous source at the brewery stated that he hopes that Polar will not have to stop all of their production lines, and that another brewery like Regional might offer them a loan on the much needed ingredients.

Expert Danilo Diaz added, that even if the government allows the brewery to pay a foreign company it would take at least four weeks for the ingredients to make it into the country. Polar also produces sauces and food, but they would lose billions if they are unable to continue to produce beer and malt beverages.

In Remembrance of CCMP Capital Pioneer Stephen Murray

The developmental history of CCMP Capital and that of its pioneer Stephen Murray are intertwined. It all began three decades ago when Mr. Murray started out a career as a credit trainee at Hannover Trust Co. in New York City. Before this bold career move, Stephen Murray attended the Boston College for a degree in Economics.

Five years later and armed with a Master’s degree from the Columbia Business School, Stephen Murray joined the leveraged group of the Hannover private equity. The firm would undergo several mergers and takeovers over the next decade ushering in the new millennium. The whole time, Stephen Murray moved up the ranks of administration and played a crucial part in negotiating the terms of the mergers.

The year 2005 marked the breakthrough for Stephen Murray whose administrative expertise saw him assume the executive buyout duties at Chase Capital Partners.

A year later, he founded CCMP Capital together with a few of his colleagues and took charge of the firm as its Chief Executive Officer. Stephen Murray’s tenure marked one of the most progressive periods for the company as they transacted huge business in the Healthcare, Energy, Consumer and Industrial sectors.

Stephen Murray individually molded the company policy that strategically invested between $100- 500 million in rewarding ventures across the specified sectors. Stephen Murray also gave back to the community through his involvement in philanthropic initiatives such as the Make-a-wish Foundation.

At one point he served on the Chairman’s Council of the Foundation. Murray also maintained a close relationship with the Boston College, who made him the vice-chairperson of the board of trustees.

According to Wikipedia, Stephen Murray’s social status and reputation also earned him appointments to the board at Pinnacle Foods, Warner Chilcott, Aramark and AMC Entertainment.

It’s also important to acknowledge that Stephen Murray left a legacy of a family man who dedicated a lot of his free time to his wife Tami Murray and their four lovely children. He was a community mobiliser and a role model to upcoming investment bankers and even the youth. His untimely demise left the CCMP Capital fraternity, family, and community at a huge loss.

However, it is the dedication, love and kind gestures that will act as guiding principles for all that he knew. Stephen Murray exited the stage with his legacy intact (read more about him on Crunchbase), and he will be remembered for many years to come.

Venezuela to Show Strength of the Country at FIBA WOQT 2016

The time has come and news was all over facebook on how Venezuela Women’s Basketball Team is ready to show the world what they can do. Rising 3 ranks now at 31st in the world according to FIBA World Ranking they have shown fierce improvement. Venezuela is facing extreme trials and hardships as a country and yet the women of this team have banded together to show the world that great accomplishments can still be achieved even through ultimate hardship.
Venezuela is set to take on China in Group D of the FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Monday June 13th and it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top. China is currently ranked as 8th and won the last battle they had with Venezuela on April 8th at the Friendly’s. Statistics and history according to analyst Danilo Diaz Granados are not the essentials here. Every true battle performance comes down to the fight within and Venezuela’s Women’s National Basketball team have more to prove to and for their country now then ever before, and clearly show the desire.

These women showed divine team effort in the game that got them here against Puerto Rico last year. The team interacts as if they are one body and seamlessly communicate. Silva showed exceptional skills adding 7 points in the final moments of the game for a 9 point lead and a win. Surely this team will continue to show great strength in the weeks to come.

Bruce Levenson: Businessman, Husband, Father, And Philanthropist

Bruce Leveson on wikipedia is an incredible businessman well-respect by his peers. He’s also a caring philanthropist that for 40 years has lent his time, talent, and resources to many charitable organizations and causes to help the less fortunate. Levenson’s creativity, vision, and business acumen have made him a very wealthy man. What has led many people to praise and admire him is what Bruce Levenson’s done with his wealth and the positive impact he has had on people and communities all over the world.

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Bruce Levenson has long had an uncanny ability to understand what it takes to be successful in business. He also has the ability to work on several projects at the same time and do them all well. A graduate of both Washington University and American University, Bruce Levenson is a founding partner of United Communications Group, an attorney, an accomplished journalist, and former majority owner of the Atlanta Hawks basketball team. Plus he is a loving and dedicated husband and father. Add his amazing philanthropic work and it’s hard to imagine how Bruce Levenson has the time to do it all.

That level of multitasking is something he has been involved in since his college days. While working as a journalist on with the Washington Star during the day, Bruce Levenson earned his law degree by going to law school at night. After graduation in 1977, he started a newsletter with business partner Ed Peskowitz in his small apartment. That company, called the United Communications Group, published a wildly successful newsletter called Oil Express which served the oil industry. Soon they began buying up other newsletters and launched databases providing news, data, and analysis for the energy, healthcare, mortgage banking, telecommunications, and technology, and other industries. Levenson also helped found the IT company TechTarget

Business people know Bruce Levenson for his work with UCG, TechTarget, the GasBuddy low gas prices finding app, and his other business interests. The general public knows him as a former part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks. But the philanthropic community knows Bruce Levenson for his work with the I have a Dream Foundation, Seeds of Peace, the SEED Foundation, and the Hoop Dream Foundation that serve low income youth. He’s also a driving force behind the Washington D.C. based U.S. Holocaust Museum and University of Maryland’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. A well-rounded man indeed.

The Career Journey and Life Of Bernardo Chua

Bernardo Chua is a Philippine national with Chinese origins with vast experience in multi-level marketing. He has been described as among the most successful businessmen in the Pacific Rim. He started off his career at Gano Excel where he worked as its Executive Officer. This was while Chua was still in the Philippines. Three years after working at Gano Excel, it expanded to Canada and then the United States. When Gano Excel was established in the United States, he moved to California to be president of Gano Excel United States. The Company at that time specialized in products such as capsules and instant coffee.

In 2008, Bernardo founded Organo Gold. It is based in Canada. Since Chua had peculiar interest in food supplements, he created the company with the hope that he will be able to take ganoderma lucidum products on a higher and better level in the market. He had witnessed how these products had made it in the Asian markets. His main desire was to introduce the West to the benefits and extra ordinary experience that one has when using these products. Chua was not disappointed by the products performance in the U.S market and within five years after Organo Gold incorporation, it was announced as among the top 100 direct selling companies globally.

Organo Gold boasts of over one million distributors and ZoomInfo shows how Chua always finds ways of ensuring that it is keeping up with competition. Bearing in mind that Canada has very stringent rules and policies governing businesses and products, customers are able to rely on Organo Gold since it has been able to keep up with these rules.

He has been recognized for his impeccable sale methods and way of conducting business. He has won various awards and accolades such as, Dangal ng Bayan Award for Business and Industry in 2014.This award is given by the Joint Annual People’s Choice and National Consumes Quality Awards. On over five unique and different occasions, Chua has won the Direct Sales Company of the Year Award. The National Shoppers Choice recognized Organo Gold as the top direct selling company for food supplements in Canada.

From his Facebook Chua is keen on educating people on the advantages of this herb. He seeks to dispel any fears or doubts that customers and distributors may have. The Company ensures the products are tested before any distribution is done. The vision that Chua had when starting the business seems to have been achieved and Bernardo is not yet done in providing the best food supplements in the world.